Finished at Five

Day #5 marks the last day of the discount promotion for Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie.  The price is an affordable 99 cents.

Hula has Rey, JJ, and me [Linda] pursuing our first official Triple Threat Investigation Agency case, which is to discover what the young [pretty, sexy] wife of an old coot—er, elderly millionaire—is up to.  Before we can, however, she’s found floating in the sapphire waters of a deserted Oahu beach.  Now, we have to figure out who the killer is . . .  a challenge, to say the least, because a few more bodies fall to the wayside.

Here’s another excerpt:

“It’s still hard to believe she’s dead,” Linda murmured.

“No more shopping at Prada or Coach,” Rey said softly.

“No more sunset cruises or galas,” I affirmed quietly.

“There’ll be nothing but blackness,” Linda said. “We all have beliefs about post-death. I wonder what Carmie’s are—were.”

“Hopefully, something pleasant and picturesque.” With a sad smile, I started the ignition.

Rey hooked Linda’s headrest and leaned forward. “Do you think Mr. Gruesome did this?”

I pulled onto the Kalanianaole Highway, also known as Route 72. “Mr. Gruesome doesn’t have the stamina or strength to pursue her to the cove, much less kill her. He doesn’t have the muscle, either. Carmie would have slapped him silly.”

“Agreed.” Linda’s brow furrowed. “There’s always a chance she did in fact fall down a precipice. We’re talking terrain full of perilous cliffs, not walls of sea anemones. Tumbling down rocks would result in numerous abrasions and broken bones, and a pretzel landing.”

“I don’t buy the falling for one second. Those marks on her neck looked like they came from forceful fingers,” Rey declared.

“I wonder if William’s been informed.” Linda winced as brilliant white lightning streaked overhead.

I drove into a parking spot by Bubbies Homemade Ice Cream & Desserts. “Let’s find out.” Grabbing my bag from under the seat, I pulled out my phone.

Aloha Sunday everyone – take care!

 

 

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Four You

It’s Day #4 of the discount promotion for Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie.  The price?  A mere 99 cents.

Hula has Rey, JJ, and me accepting our first official Triple Threat Investigation Agency case: to learn what the young wife of an elderly millionaire is up to.  Before we can do so, however, she’s found floating along the shores of a deserted Oahu beach.  There is an interesting (if not sordid) collection of characters (also known as suspects).

Here’s a little taste . . .

Rey and I twirled like plastic pinwheels propelled by a brisk gust. Twenty feet away stood Marvyn Flagg, a .40 Smith & Wesson in a shaky hand the pale color of a fish belly. The photo IDs made him look ten years older and stout, but in reality he was barely twenty with a slim ferret face. Cheap baggy jeans, an oversize plaid shirt, and bargain-store black basketball shoes enveloped the small frame like a shorn parachute a woodland sapling.

“Careful,” Rey warned, crossing lean arms. “You may accidentally shoot someone—like yourself.”

“What’re you doing here?” The meek voice held the force of a sparrow’s chirrup. The low-capacity weapon rose higher, but didn’t seem any steadier.

“We’re checking out how people from different walks of life live,” I responded, appearing as blasé as I sounded. I settled on a sofa arm. “What brings you here?”

“This is my place. That means I can shoot trespassers.” Like his hand and gaze, the tone was far from composed. He motioned the floor. “Are you looking for something in particular?”

Rey flourished an arm like a hostess beckoning guests. “Simply looking.”

He held out his other hand. “Maybe you better pass any weapons you have.”

“Come get them, honey-pie,” she challenged with a seductive voice and air, an index finger beckoning him forward. All that was missing was a tight sequined nightgown and she’d have had Ginger Grant from Gilligan’s Island down pat.

Marvyn, or whatever his real name was, eyed us apprehensively. Extending both palms, I offered a casual smile. “It’s your move.”

“I could shoot you both,” he advised, not sounding any more convincing than he appeared.

I hope you find Hula as exciting as we did.

Stay well everyone!

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Tripling the Light Fantastic

Day #3 of the discount promotion for Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie has the three of us P.I.s tripping the light fantastic (something we, alas, don’t indulge in often).

Hula features Rey, JJ, and me embarking on our first official Triple Threat Investigation Agency case.

The assignment is to discover the “secret” of an elderly millionaire’s young wife, which seems fairly clear-cut.  Follow Carmie, the young wife, and ascertain what this pretty woman is up to.  Maybe she’s meeting a lover.  Maybe she has something underhanded in mind (hubby is super rich, after all).  Unfortunately, we find her floating close to the shores of a deserted Oahu beach.  An assortment of curious suspects has our work cut out for us.  As we track down clues, we unearth a few secrets, not all belonging to the unfortunate, deceased Carmie.

Drug pushers, informants, and gang members . . . and a few more corpses . . .  are just some of the people we contend with in the search for Carmie’s killer.  Becoming private investigators is one thing, being successful ones another.  Maybe you’d like to find out just how well we fare . . . ?

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Stay safe and be well.

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Two for Five

It’s Linda on Day #2 of the discount promotion for Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie (Rey’s posting on Day #5 about The Connecticut Corpse Caper).

Hula features the three of us—Rey, JJ, and myself—taking on our first official Triple Threat Investigation Agency case.

 Our assignment: discover the “secret” of an elderly millionaire’s young wife.  It seems fairly straightforward.  All we need to do is keep an eye on Carmie, the young wife, until we learn what she’s up to.  Unfortunately, a few days later, her body is found floating in the beautiful sapphire waters of a deserted Oahu beach.  The three of us strive to find the killer from a score of suspects and discover a few secrets—all not belonging to poor, dead Carmie.  Speaking of dead, a few more bodies fall as we attempt to bring closure to the case.

As if deceit and murder aren’t enough, we contend with drug pushers, informants, and gang members.  Most of them are not nice people and they don’t like having three newbie private eyes sticking their cute little noses into their ugly substantial business.

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Continue to stay safe and well.

Double Duty

It’s Linda on post patrol today as well as Rey (maybe you saw her earlier post re The Connecticut Corpse Caper), so we’re pulling double duty.  Today marks the first day for the free/discount promotion re Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie featuring the three of us—Rey, JJ, and myself—pursuing our first official Triple Threat Investigation Agency case.

 Our first professional, paying assignment is to discover the secret of an elderly millionaire’s young wife.  Perhaps she’s having an affair?  Perhaps it’s something more diabolical.

It seems clear-cut: follow said young wife until we find what she’s up to.  What we soon find, though, is her body floating in the beautiful sapphire waters of a deserted beach.  The three of us endeavor to uncover the killer amid a cast of curious characters and do discover a sordid/illicit secret or three—not necessarily belonging to the deceased wife.  And while uncovering those secrets, we happen upon a few bodies.

On the road to piecing together the puzzle, we take a few detours—to the dodgy domains of drug pushers, informants, and gangs.  These folks are serious game plays . . . and play for serious keeps.

Amazon links include:

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Aloha Wednesday.  Be well.

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Mi-Mi-Mi . . . Me-Me-Me

This is one of those shameless self-promotion posts about . . . me, me, me.

WPNextChapter1My author page is now live on Next Chapter’s new website:

https://www.nextchapter.pub/authors/tyler-colins

Feel free to explore the Triple Threat Investigation Agency mystery series directly on the book pages, which include free previews of all the books (The Connecticut Corpse Caper, Can You Hula like Hilo Hattie, Coco’s Nuts, and Forever Poi.)

A new feature: there’s direct commenting on the author and book pages.  I can communicate directly with readers.  As Rey might say: gotta love that.

If you have a minute or two, perhaps you’d like to take a quick look-see?

Take care everyone—please continue to stay safe and be well!

A Simple Wednesday Morning Shameless Self-Promotion

The Boss has a lot on her plate re the 9-to-5 and mom-care right now, so the three of us engaged in “rock paper scissors” to see who’d post today.  Linda won, but managed to bang up her finger (and her temperament).  Rey’s feeling fairly fatigued so, you have me, JJ, today. 

The post isn’t about me or the agency, but about our boss.  Her building has a monthly newsletter and they featured a brief, informative interview written by the lovely fellow dweller, Judith Michael.  It certainly helped rally her flagging spirits. So, I thought I’d share it here . . . because I’m all for some simple shameless self-promotion (even if it’s for someone else).

The WestClair’s Writer:  Tyler Colins

Look no further than The WestClair to find Tyler Colins, our resident writer.  While Tyler has written both fiction and non-fiction, her focus is on writing mysteries.  She has completed four books in the Triple Threat Mysteries and is well into writing the fifth.

The series centers around three strong female private investigators with distinct and unique personalities. According to Tyler, JJ, the narrator, is calm, mature, and thoughtful.  Her cousin Rey is brash, impetuous, melodramatic, and “won’t take ‘no’ for an answer”.  Rey’s best friend Linda, is smart and a little “nerdy”.

Tyler gravitated to the Triple Threat saying, “I liked the characters or they liked me . . . they wanted me to be their boss”. Of the three women, Tyler’s favourite is Rey because “I want to be her.”

When asked to describe “the unique voice” of her writing style, Tyler likened it to “a 1950’s lounge – easy going, beatnik, laid back, with a cool feel”.  The laid-back vibe of her writing is in contrast to the busyness of Tyler’s life. In addition to writing, she edits fiction for a company in Japan, has a full-time job in human resources, and looks after her mother.

You can find out more about Tyler’s work on her blog https://thewritersgrabbag.com/ Her books can be purchased from Amazon and some will be available from The WestClair Library when the second-floor lounge reopens. It’s best to begin with The Connecticut Corpse Caper, the first of the Triple Threat Mysteries and initially written as a stand-alone book.     as written both fiction and non-fiction, her focus is on writing mysteries.  She has completed four books in the Triple Threat Mysteries and is well into writing the fifth.

WPallselfThe series centers around three strong female private investigators with distinct and unique personalities. According to Tyler, JJ, the narrator, is calm, mature, and thoughtful.  Her cousin Rey is brash, impetuous, melodramatic, and “won’t take ‘no’ for an answer”.  Rey’s best friend Linda, is smart and a little “nerdy”.

Thanks so much, Judith!  The gals and I are very appreciative.

Continue to stay safe, everyone.

Seri—ously … ?

Hi, it’s Linda.  The Boss had “stuff” to take care of today, so I stepped in.  Given the three of us at the Triple Threat Investigation Agency have had cases with multiple murders/murderers, we thought it might be interesting to look at serial killers. 

While the murderers in The Connecticut Corpse Caper, Can You Hula like Hilo Hattie?, Coco’s Nuts, and Forever Poi did kill a few people who crossed their paths, we never truly viewed them as “serial killers” (or SKs, as Rey likes to call them).  They executed people for specific reasons.  The National Institute of Justice, by the way, defines a serial killer—SK—as a person who has committed two or more separate murders, generally with some psychological and/or sadistic sexual aspect.  Wikipedia defines an SK as someone who has killed three or more people.

There was a time—the latter part of the 20th century specifically—when there appeared to be a glut of them.  Remember Ted Bundy, Son of Sam, John Wayne Gacy, The Zodiac Killer, The Hillside Stranglers . . . ? 

Did you know, though, that the number of serial killers has dropped 85% in 30 years?  In fact, the FBI says they account for less that 1% of killings.  (I wonder if the writers of Criminal Minds considered that.)   Some of the reasons were that the latter part of the 20th century had turbulent times, people moved frequently, and hitchhiking was common.  Finding victims wasn’t overly difficult.  Moreover, computerized databases and data banks, and utilizing DNA for forensic purposes, didn’t exist until more recently.  Add to that: longer prison sentences and reduced parole, as well as the abundance of security cameras.

In case you were wondering as to the types of SKs, there are said to be four major ones.

Visionary

These serial killers hear—and respond to—voices or visions, which compel them to murder certain types of people.  Visionaries tend to be psychotic.

Mission-Oriented

This one experiences a need to kill certain people that fall under a given group (call girls, women/wives, transient workers, those with certain religious alliances or a particular race, as examples), but this type isn’t considered psychopathic or psychotic.

These former two tend to be focused on the act of killing and do so swiftly.

Power- & Control-Oriented

This SK experiences sexual gratification by dominating and humiliating victims.  Sociopaths, they live by their own rules and guidelines.  They also like to play God by being in control of life and death.  Many famous serial killers fall under his category.

Hedonistic

This one experiences a connection between violence and sexual gratification.  Feeling pleasure from the act, he/she has “eroticized” the experience.  A hedonistic killer takes the time to torture or mutilate a victim.  You’ll find this type of serial killer in novels and movies.

These former two are focused on the process of killing; they enjoy torturing their victims and derive delight from the slow deaths they produce.

Based on interviews and subjective data, not every serial killer falls under one type and many are more than one type.

Eighty percent of SKs are white males between the ages of 25-34 and are charismatic, bright, and mobile.  Their killings, at least initially, tend to be meticulously planned.  They also develop over time and learn from mistakes so that they can “improve” their killing methods/styles.  Women SKs, by the way, do exist and generally tend to kill for the same reasons as their male counterparts.  Unless they have a male partner, however, they don’t tend to sexually assault or physically maim their victims. 

Another general fact: many were mistreated or neglected as children and many abuse drugs and alcohol.

Other labels include “organized” versus “disorganized” and “asocial” versus “non-social”, but the majority appear to be organized and non-social.

There’s simply too much information to impart in a post, but as gruesome as some of it can be, it’s also—as Mr. Spock would say—fascinating.  If you’re interested, I’d highly recommend you go googling.

WPsk2Meanwhile, our latest case, Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha, may—possibly—feature an SK.  This crafty and creative individual is certainly keeping us, and our police pals, on our private-eye toes.

 

Day 7 – Hulaing Along

Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie is free for one more day.

It’s Linda today—Rey’s on monk-seal volunteer duty today and JJ’s meeting up with a former beau.  In case you missed Rey’s rundown yesterday, let me provide one.

In Hula, we established the Triple Threat Investigation Agency.  That name, by the by, was my BFF’s idea.  You can’t argue with Rey when she gets an idea in her head—it’s like trying to pry a Black Friday sale item from an avid, rabid cut-rate-price shopper.

We have our first official paying assignment: to discover the secret of an elderly millionaire’s young wife.  It seems clear-cut—until she’s found murdered, floating in the beautiful sapphire waters of a deserted beach.  The three of us endeavor to uncover the killer amid a cast of curious characters and find a few secrets, not all belonging to the deceased wife, as well as a number of bodies.

While piecing together the puzzle, we end up taking a few detours—to the sordid and dodgy domains of drug pushers, informants, and gangs.  Serious game players, these folks play for serious keeps.

Here are some Amazon links The Boss provided:

https://www.amazon.ca/Hula-Hattie-Triple-Threat-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01KEEBNOS

https://www.amazon.com/Tyler-Colins/e/B01KHOZAL2%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

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Aloha Sunday!

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Day 6 – Looks Like another Shameless Saturday of Self-Promotion

Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie is still available for free.  Yes, f-r-e-e (a marrrvelous word, if I do say so myself).

Hey, it’s Rey. If you’re wondering what Hula is about, let me give you a quick rundown.

Now living in Hawaii (like, how sweet is that?) we take on our first official—super exciting—case.  As professional private eyes, we have to uncover the secret of this elderly millionaire’s pretty young thing, uh, wife.  There’s a twist: pretty young wifey is found dead on a deserted beach.  And there’s a secret all right, one of many (and they’re not all hers).

As we’re collecting clues, we kinda end up with a collection of bodies . . . and a mass of suspects.  There’s a whacked-out druggie, a weird drug dealer or two, and a tetchy gang member or three.  Yeah, we make a few enemies, but we also form some friendships.  It’s all part of the P.I. learning curve.

What seems a straightforward task becomes anything but.  Thanks to a crazy week in Connecticut however, we’re used to dealing with murderers and quirky (crazy) personalities. And we have enough faith in our budding talents to persevere and solve this challenging case.  It’s one heckuva fun ride, though.  Maybe you’d like to accompany us on it?  You won’t be disappointed (my personal opinion only, of course).

Here are some Amazon links courtesy of The Boss (they look kinda messy to me, but whatever):

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Have an awesome Saturday everyone.

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